Happy Monday!  Let’s call the styles this week “Make Every Day an Occasion Week!”  No matter if I am working or just around home, I make it a point to fix up and look my best.  Why?  Because…life is short and I want to enjoy each moment of it…no matter what is on the daily agenda.

About 8 years ago, I read an essay in a book titled “Stepping Out of Sweatpants and Into Style” by Debbie Wright.  She says, “I am here to tell you that, regardless of your size, lifestyle, or budget, you deserve to present your best self each and every day of your life.”   She also writes, “when you respect yourself, others will respect you in return.  Learning how to dress beautifully and appropriately for your body, today, will directly affect your emotions, your confidence, and your accomplishments on a daily basis.”

My life after 50 has been all about not allowing age challenges to shut me down.  As a result, I have experienced more joy and confidence than I have ever known.  I have also been able to do more for others…because I step out in confidence every day.  I even speak to strangers more and enjoy meeting others.

I have many challenges…just like the rest of you.  I do not allow them to cause me to stay inside and dress frumpy as if I have given up on life.  It just takes courageous steps forward.  For example:

  1. I am larger: No matter your size – dress the body you have today and do not compare yourself to others
  2. I have funky feet now with many issues – but cute flats and sneakers are amazing
  3. I have a ripped ear – but love my necklaces and bracelets
  4. I have wrinkles (Duh) – but practice good skincare
  5. I do not have perfect teeth – but keep smiling any way

Each day is a gift and therefore each day should be an occasion to dress our best, even casually.  Coco Chanel said it best,”The badly dressed woman, people remember the clothes.  With a well-dressed woman, they remember the woman.”  I hope with my grandchildren and the people who come my way, I will be memorable.  Looking my best in one of the reasons I choose to

KEEP SMILING!!

Notes on the Post

Yes!  I got a haircut this past Saturday.  I am still not sure how I feel about it.  I have not had it this short in many years.  So, what do you think?  It grows pretty fast, but I might maintain this for awhile.  Though I am not sure!

One of the best retailers to make every day an occasion is Soft Surroundings.  The top I am wearing is from there.  It is a great piece.  I have a pictures below of statement pieces which go great no matter the occasion and my favorite pants from there, the Metro Leggings and Crops are on Sale!  Don’t let the word “legging” scare you, these are just great fitting denim pants.

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